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HBS Extends 2+2 MBA Application Deadline

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Harvard Business School announced an extension to the MBA application deadline for their 2+2 program, which is a deferred admissions option for college seniors and graduate students.  Due to the impact of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including campus closures and testing suspension, HBS has changed the deadline for their 2+2 program from April 2nd, 2020, to June 1st, 2020 at noon EST.

Here is Director of Admissions Chad Losee’s full statement:

“Over the past few days, we have heard from many college seniors planning to apply to Harvard Business School through our 2+2 deferred admissions process. The spread of COVID-19 has upended your last year in college: teaching has gone virtual and many of you have moved and had to say goodbye on short notice. We are sincerely sorry about the disruptions to your senior year.

“In addition, we have learned that many of your recommenders are overwhelmed and academic testing centers have closed in many places around the world. In short, we understand that getting your application over the finish line is difficult with everything going on.

“Given these extraordinary circumstances, we have decided to move back the dates for our 2+2 deferred admissions round this year to allow you increased flexibility. Instead of April 2, 2020, the 2+2 new application deadline is June 1, 2020 at noon Eastern time. We will release our decisions on July 28, 2020 at noon Eastern time. We hope that these extra two months are helpful to you and allow you to focus on your senior year.

“This was not a decision that we made lightly—we understand that the change will be a disappointment for some who were hoping to have their final decision earlier in the summer. We apologize to those of you for whom this change is an inconvenience.

“Please note that while the situation is still fluid and may change, we do not anticipate shifting the application deadline again. Please submit all your application materials by June 1, 2020 at noon Eastern. We look forward to getting to know you then.

“Thanks for your ongoing understanding. Our very best wishes to you in this tumultuous time.”

HBS had also made some adjustments to campus visits and welcome weekend events.

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.